Resumption: "The Attack", a prestigious casting for a return to the Ben Barka affair
If there is one thing that cannot be said about L'Attentat, of which publisher Tamasa offers an impeccably restored version, it is that the film by Yves Boisset, written with the writer and screenwriter Jorge Semprun, has not aged a bit.This feature film mixing fiction and reality is now more distinguished by its cast - bringing together all the stars of the time (Gian-Maria Volonte, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jane Seberg, Michel Bouquet, Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli, Bruno Cremer, François Périer, etc.), to which we must add the composer Ennio Morricone - only by the alacrity of his narration.
Receiving a good reception when it was released in 1972, it took its place in the category of "left-wing fictions", those works denouncing the corruption of the elites or the consumer society.The importance of the subject earned the author The Ben Barka affair, named after a Moroccan opponent kidnapped in 1965 in front of the Lipp brewery in Paris by French police officers, was on everyone's mind at the time, held prisoner at the home of a baron of the underworld, Ben Barka was handed over to an agent of Hassan II's secret services, and his body was never found.
Yves Boisset, who had previously directed Un Condé - the story of a cop who wants to avenge a colleague -, a film that Raymond Marcellin, Minister of the Interior at the time, sought to ban, gained his definitive reputation as a filmmaker at the assault on power.Whatever the cost.The shooting of L'Attentat was complicated by red tape, forcing the director to play cat and mouse with the police authorities, who were quick to assert "obstacles to the circulation ”.
Posted Date: 2020-09-25